Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Jakarta explosion

Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Jakarta explosion
Police guard at scene of an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia May 24, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

At least five people have fallen victim to a bomb blast near a Transjakarta bus station in Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta, National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin said on Wednesday.

At least two people have been killed in the attack, the suspected suicide bomber and policeman Sec. Brig. Taufan.

'"There are five victims. Five policeman, one of whom was killed," Syafruddin said, adding that the other four policemen had been badly injured in the blast.

"I want to express my sympathies. An explosion has occurred. For the time being, we are treating it as a suicide bombing. We believe there is a single perpetrator. We have not yet identified the perpetrator," Syafruddin said.

The explosion took place at around 9 p.m., Jakarta time.

Traffic around the scene has been blocked off and the police are investigating the explosion.

If the police are correct and this is indeed a suicide bomb attack, it will be one of several such attacks that have targeted the police in Indonesia.

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